Welcome to the latest issue. An intense first half of the year is now behind us, including a visit to the leading meeting place for our industry, the European Coatings Show.
At the ECS I took part in many inspiring discussions on current developments in the paints and coatings industry. My impression: nothing is of greater concern to our industry than the raw materials situation. I am also frequently asked about the situation at BASF now following the explosion in the North Harbor at the Ludwigshafen site – and on the impact this incident has on the current status of raw materials. Apart from the other news in this issue, you can read my interview on this topic with Dr. Georg Degen, head of Product Management Resins and Performance Additives Europe at BASF.
Yours, Dr. Joachim Burger